oldschoolczar wrote:^That's a cool picture! Thanks for the info as well.. definitely helpful. I'm a total newb to ski mountaineering...
I just assumed you wouldn't want to climb in ski boots as they're so awkward and restrictive of movement.. but that is very helpful to know!
I'll be sticking with experienced people for now, but I'd like to take Avy 1 & 2 in the future..
Man, you must have your gear dialed in to do overnight winter trips in a 40L.. that is sweet! I can barely do that in the summer but I have a lot of big, old crap gear.
Modern AT boots have a range of ~60 degrees of motion. Carl uses TLT5s, and I just got some Spitfires (both ~1100g/boot). Not much heavier than leather boots, warmer (if they fit right), and very precise. Biggest problem is lack of lateral ankle flexion but it's not that big a deal.
40L is plenty for an overnight, I did a few with a 30L (granted my pack was about to burst at the seams, and I had a couple items strapped to the outside). All you're adding with an overnight is a sleeping bag, bivy sack/half a tent, extra food, water filter if there's flowing water nearby (there usually is) or a stove if not. That's not much more than 5-10L of volume.